Daily Republic Sports
Behind a two-headed offensive monster, the Howard girls basketball team blew their District 8B opening-round game wide open in the second half and took down Mitchell Christian 63-17 at the Corn Palace Tuesday. After taking a 34-16 lead into halftime, the third-seeded Tigers (16-5) outscored Mitchell Christian 29-1 in the final two quarters for the blowout win.
YANKTON — The defense held for Yankton as a 9-0 fourth quarter run propelled the Gazelles to a 29-27 victory over Mitchell in Eastern South Dakota Conference girls' basketball action on Tuesday in Yankton. Yankton trailed by five before Lindsey Hale kicked the run off with a 3-pointer. Bailey Kortan dropped in a layup and a two-point jumper and Jessica Reinhardt scored her only two points on a pair of free throws to give Yankton a 29-25 lead that would hold.
YANKTON — There was a visible sigh of relief from the Yankton boys' basketball team. After six consecutive losses, the Bucks bounced back in a big way. And at the right time. In what was their regular season finale, they got started fast and never slowed down on the way to a 66-40 victory over winless Mitchell at the Yankton gym. Yankton started the game on a 16-2 run (thanks to a handful of wide open 3-pointers) and saw its lead reach 20-plus late in the second quarter.
Canistota had just enough to get away from Bridgewater-Emery on Tuesday night and to earn an opening-round win in District 8B girls basketball tournament play, as the Hawks won 37-31 at the Corn Palace. Kalli Ortman and Jordan Engbrecht each had 13 points, as Engbrecht had nine rebounds and Ortman had eight boards, helping the Hawks to a 35-24 advantage on the glass. Engbrecht added four steals. Canistota was 15-for-45 shooting, 8-of-14 on free throws and had 19 turnovers.
With postseason play looming, the Dakota Wesleyan University basketball teams remained in the top-15 in their respective NAIA Division II polls. The Tiger women moved up from No. 12 to No. 9 in the latest poll. The DWU men fell from No. 7 to No. 14 in the latest ranking. Both DWU teams will open Great Plains Athletic Conference tournament play Wednesday at the Corn Palace. The DWU women (24-5) will host Briar Cliff at 6 p.m. today in the opening round of the tournament. The DWU men (22-8) will host Concordia University at 8 p.m. today in the GPAC tourney.
<h5><span style="font-weight: 400;">The South Dakota Sportswriters Association high school basketball polls for the week of Feb. 20 are below. The girls basketball poll is the final edition of the season. Teams are listed with first-place votes in parentheses, record (through Feb. 18 games), vote points and last week’s ranking.</span></h5><h3><span style="font-weight: 400;">BOYS BASKETBALL</span></h3><h4><strong>Class AA</strong></h4><h5><span style="font-weight: 400;">1.
CORSICA — Kimball/White Lake outscored Corsica-Stickney 17-3 in the first quarter and cruised to an opening-round victory in the District 11B girls basketball tournament Monday 51-17 in Corsica. Brooklyn Donald scored 14 points and had 13 rebounds and Nikki Reuland had 11 points to pace KWL. Whitney Hinker added eight points for the WiLdKats, who were 16-for-41 shooting in the game and made 15-of-19 free throws.
FORT PIERRE—The Mitchell Marlins boys hockey team dropped a 4-1 contest to Oahe (Pierre) on Sunday in Fort Pierre. The Capitals jumped out to an early 3-0 lead after the first period and outshot the Marlins 44-33. Scoring the lone goal for Mitchell was Jake Jarman, while Austin Kerr and Jesse Grosdidier each earned an assist. Zach Mohr recorded 40 saves in the net for Mitchell. Mitchell (5-9) hosts Sioux Falls West on Friday in Mitchell. Marlin girls top Sioux Center
HILLSBORO, Kan.—The Dakota Wesleyan University baseball team went 1-3 against No. 10 Tabor College in two doubleheaders on Saturday and Sunday in Hillsboro, Kansas. On Saturday, Tabor topped DWU 16-1 in five innings and 13-2. On Sunday, the Tigers dropped the first game 5-1, but rallied for 7-5 win in the final game to earn their first win of the season. In the win, Branden Oropeza went 1-for-3 with a three-run home run, while Tremane Moore and Tyler Waddle each added a home run. Moore finished the game with a team-high three hits.
The Mitchell Ravens indoor soccer team won the U12 Blue Division at the eighth annual Wesleyan Indoor Winter Classic on Sunday in Mitchell. The Ravens (2005) ended up facing the Mitchell Ravens (2006) in the championship game and ended up winning the title game by a score of 5-2.